Second patient with Legionnaires' disease dies

(AP) - A second patient who contracted Legionnaires' disease at a New Brunswick hospital has died. State Health Department spokeswoman Marilyn Riley says the man died Monday at Saint Peter's University Hospital.

Another male patient who'd contracted the disease died Sept. 12.

Three men and three women at the hospital were diagnosed with the disease over the last two weeks. All were being treated for other serious illnesses.

The hospital is treating the water supply with high levels of chlorine to kill the bacteria that cause the disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that can be spread through plumbing and air conditioning systems. It can be fatal in people with compromised immune systems.

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